Dang it. I like the series win, don’t get me wrong. I just wish it were done differently. The starting rotation just gave those people strength. Their argument was almost completely shot down. The first week of the season eviscerated it. After all of that hard work, those people are going to be louder than ever.
Oof. Just ooof. The Giants’ starting staff isn’t magic. It’s not like they’re going to throw 21 consecutive scoreless innings every series. This one time, though, they did. The Giants won a three-game series by only scoring four runs.
Stop that. Who let you back in? I’ll answer your points, but I don’t have to like doing it. Defense is important. All things being equal, speed is nice. Fundamentals are nice. But a team winning a three-game series after only scoring four runs is as much of an accident as it is a sign of strong pitching.
Aiiiiieeee! Stop it! Stop! What is this, blood? From my ears?
Aaaarrrrgh! I can’t take any mo…wait, I agree with all that. This season was always about a watchable team – the starting rotation is 80% interesting, and there are young players in the lineup to watch, even if there are no guarantees that they’ll play well. The first ten games of the season featured a watchable team playing unwatchable baseball. So while they’re not going to win like this every time, it’s nice to know that the vast, sandy wastelands of offensive nothingness will occasionally be punctuated by short spurts of brilliant starting pitching. That’s all I was really expecting before the season started, but the first ten games were so miserable that I started to dread watching baseball.
The Giants aren’t going to win like this often. But they shouldn’t make me dread watching baseball. If anyone has a direct extension to someone in the Giants’ marketing department, please leave it in the comments section. Giants Baseball: You Shouldn’t Dread Watching Them Play. That one’s on the house, Giants PR folks. On the house.